The Movie Biz: Remembering Carl Reiner, a true mensch

Carl Reiner, who died earlier this week at age 98, was a mensch. I’m not sure how well I can explain what that is, but it typically refers to someone who’s funny, a sweetheart, a good guy, someone you can count on, usually (but not necessarily) Jewish, the kind of guy you want on your side. And who usually is (on your side) because, well, that’s who a mensch is. Reiner was well known as an actor — as Dick Van Dyke’s egotistical boss on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” As the relentlessly…

Carl Reiner, who died earlier this week at age 98, was a mensch. I’m not sure how well I can explain what that is, but it typically refers to someone who’s funny, a sweetheart, a good guy, someone you can count on, usually (but not necessarily) Jewish, the kind of guy you want on your side. And who usually is (on your side) because, well, that’s who a mensch is. Reiner was well known as an actor — as Dick Van Dyke’s egotistical boss on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” As the relentlessly…

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